Society 10:30 12/06/2019 World

Rome bans tourists from going topless, eating 'messy' food and leaving love padlocks

Rome is cracking down on bad tourist behaviour, with a slew of new rules that cover everything from public snacking to drinking from water fountains, The Independent reports.

The Italian capital has outlawed men going topless in public and the practice of attaching “love padlocks” to bridges, both of which carry a fine if contravened.

Eating messy foods around popular tourist attractions such as the Trevi Fountain is also a no-no according to the new regulations, as is touching your lips against the spout when drinking from Roman public water fountains.

The city council has updated and expanded its list of regulations, some of which date from 1947, to create a new package of rules.

Ticket touts selling “skip the line” tickets at some of the Eternal City’s biggest attractions, such as the Vatican Museums and Colosseum, are prohibited, as are those who dress up as Roman centurions around tourist hotspots and charge money for photos.

Rome authorities have also threatened “severe fines” for those caught wading or swimming in the city’s fountains.

Even bouncing wheeled suitcases or pushchairs up the Spanish Steps is off limits.

Some offences may just attract a slap on the wrist from police patrolling attractions, while others will incur a fine or a ban from the area where the offence took place.

The city’s new rules follow Venice’s move to deal with its overwhelming popularity as a tourist destination by introducing a long list of measures over the last few years.

Venice’s #EnjoyRespectVenezia campaign, which launched in the summer of 2017, dictates that tourists are welcome – but only if they play by the rules.

Visitors are instructed not to swim in canals, make picnic stops out of public areas, pause too long on bridges, drop litter, ride or wheel bikes, stand or lie on benches, busk or make art without a permit, attach “love locks” to monuments and bridges, climb on trees, buildings and monuments, get changed in public, feed birds or sightsee topless or in swimwear. Making too much noise, whether at night or during siesta time (1-3pm), is also forbidden.

The consequence of flouting the rules is a hefty fine of up to €450. 



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